Published: Sat, April 22, 2017
IT&Software | By Jimmie Castillo

Study links soda (diet or not) and sugary juice to dementia


Sugar-sweetened drinks on the other hand did not contribute to higher instances of dementia or stroke, according to the study. NYU nutrition expert Marion Nestle tells MedPage Today that those limitations are worth keeping in mind, and that she wishes the authors "had offered a plausible hypothesis for how artificial sweeteners could be causally related to stroke and dementia".

'It remains unclear whether artificial sweeteners cause hypertension or whether diet beverages are favoured by those most at risk, ' the report concludes.

For the first study, published in Alzheimer's & Dementia on March 5, 2017, researchers examined data, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans and cognitive testing results, from about 4,000 people enrolled in the Framingham Heart Study's Offspring and Third-Generation cohorts.

Over a period of 7 years, the researchers reviewed what people were drinking at three different points in time beginning in 1991.

"In turn, the sweetness drive you to eat more kilojoules from sweet foods and drinks than you normally would". The former indicates the manufacturer has not added any sugar to the product.

"Artificial sweeteners trigger insulin, which sends your body into fat storage mode and leads to weight gain", Brooke Alpert, author of The Sugar Detox said.

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Matthew Pase, of Boston University School of Medicine, said: "Our study shows a need to put more research into this area, given how often people drink artificially sweetened beverages".

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Still, even when the researchers excluded diabetics from the study, they found a link between drinking diet soda and the risk of dementia. And according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), many risk factors can increase an individual's likelihood of developing stroke and dementia including age, hypertension, diabetes and genetics.

"We know that limiting added sugars is an important strategy to support good nutrition and healthy body weights, and until we know more, people should use artificially sweetened drinks cautiously".

For seven years, they tracked the participants' eating and drinking habits and then followed up for the next 10 years to see which ones developed ischemic stroke, caused by a blockage of blood vessels, or dementia.

Earlier studies revealed those adults who are obese or overweight tend to consume sweetened beverages.

Pase said that the next steps in the research was to look more closely at the positive food and drinks choices people can make to improve health.

"Low-calorie sweeteners have been proven safe by worldwide government safety authorities as well as hundreds of scientific studies, and there is nothing in this research that counters this well-established fact", the association said in a statement.

The study was not able to draw a concrete causal link between ASBs and a heightened risk for stroke and dementia, however scientists were able to find a strong association between the two.

"We can't show cause and effect in this study as it is observational in design, but given the popularity of diet drinks we desperately need more research on this question".

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